It makes me so tremendously sad that we have brave men and woman dying for our country every day and people stand on a street with a sign like the one on the right. Heartbreaking how some people can be so disrespectful of the those brave enough to fight for our freedom.
Paris Catacombs by Stephen Alvarez (via Design Boom). I once went into the catacombs when the electricity was down and the woman at the entrance was like, ‘oh here are some candles.’ Which my friend and I took and went down and started walking before we noticed that the candles were about a centimeter long and about to burn out, which would have left us in the dark with the skulls and bones pictured above. Thankfully we ran into another group of tourists and made it the rest of the way unscathed except for a few claw marks from the hell demons who could smell our fear when the light began to flicker.
Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue by Norman Jean Roy, March 2011
Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, James Franco, Jennifer Lawrence, Anthony Mackie, Olivia Wilde, Jesse Eisenberg, Mila Kunis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Andrew Garfield, Rashida Jones, Garrett Hedlund, Noomi Rapace & introducing Robert Duvall as Fritz, the gruff but sage bartender.
Oh, wow! What an absolutely stunning cover! All the ladies look like sultry little vamps! And bravo to Norman Jean Roy for taking such a gorgeous photograph & scoring the Hollywood Issue cover. I think Annie Leibovitz has done every cover since it began. Change is fun!
Mila Kunis and Olivia Wilde are BRINGIN’ IT! And the fact that Anne Hathaway and James Franco are together pleases me alil too much.
Kurt Vonnegut: While Mortals Sleep: Unpublished Short Fiction
Finally!! Going to Borders today to get it.
Early in his career, before he fused his satirical wit and world-weary intellect in the distinctive, quasi-sf style of Cat’s Cradle (1963) and Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), Vonnegut wrote short stories for mainstream publications, such as Collier’s and The Saturday Evening Post. The 16 unpublished stories in this collection were either not submitted or not accepted, although it is easy to imagine them appearing in those contexts. Tightly and crisply written, they concern cynical newspapermen and the spirit of Christmas (“While Mortals Sleep”), practical jokes taken too far (“Bomar”), the self-sacrifice of a pregnant widow (“Ruth”)—he had lived through the firebombing of Dresden but had not yet explored it in fiction. There are foreshadowings of Vonnegut the cynical sage, however, in “With His Hand on the Throttle,” when a woman dive-bombs her grown son’s overgrown train layout; in “Tango,” when libidinous dancing disrupts a WASP-y enclave; and in “Girl Pool,” in which alienation arrives via the Dictaphone. As in Look at the Birdie (2009), these stories, while clearly seminal, constitute a worthwhile contribution to the author’s oeuvre. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The legendary author’s death in 2007 means an eventual end to unpublished writings, and Vonnegut fans have read all their old paperbacks to tatters. —Keir Graff (via amazon.com)
Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it. You know, I just do…things. The mob has plans, the cops have plans, Gordon’s got plans. You know, they’re schemers. Schemers trying to control their little worlds. I’m not a schemer. I try to show the schemers how pathetic their attempts to control things really are. So when I say that you and your girlfriend was nothing personal, you know that I’m telling the truth. It’s the schemers that put you where you are. You were a schemer, you had plans, and look where that got you. I just did what I do best. I took your little plan and I turned it on itself. Look what I did to this city with a few drums of gas and a couple of bullets. Hmmm? You know…you know what I’ve noticed? Nobody panics when things go “according to plan.” Even if the plan is horrifying! If, tomorrow, I tell the press that a gang banger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it’s all “part of the plan.” But when I say that one little old mayor will die, well then everyone loses their minds! Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I’m an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It’s fair!